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Protests outside Hotel Killarney are not right – TD

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Sinn Féin TD Pa Daly has called for protests to be held elsewhere other than outside Direct Provision Centres.

Daly was reacting to a situation outside Hotel Killarney last Saturday.

The hotel is a temporary home to 400 International Protection applicants including men, women and children.

It was also the location of a New Year’s day brawl that resulted in eight arrests and six people taken to hospital.

Encouraged by similar protests across the country, most notably in East Wall Dublin, a group that calls itself 'Ireland First' organised a protest rally outside the hotel.

The group were objecting to the number of residents staying at the hotel and are opposed to refugee immigration into Ireland.

Daly hit out at the group saying their actions at the hotel were inappropriate.

“I understand there are concerns and people have the right to protest,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is not the place to be doing it, there are people there who have come from situations of conflict. There is a newborn baby and a pregnant woman there. Take the protest to the centre of town, if you had a problem with A&E would you take the protest to the nurse’s house? If you had a problem with housing would you take it to the Council’s housing officer’s house?

Daly understands there are concerns regarding the number of International Protection applicants in Killarney.
However, a meeting of Kerry’s Joint Policing Committee just before the Christmas break was told that there were no reports of crime increases in the Park Road area of Killarney last year.

“There has been no increase [in crimes] and I have asked the Gardai to put out a statement to allay fears,” he added.

He has also spoken to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and has asked for more Gardai in the Killarney area particularly in the busier summer months.

He has also spoken with Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O'Gorman, the minister responsible for housing refugees, but added that Government has not done enough.

“The Government failed to explore the holiday home option, they have not moved on one inch since the whole Skellig Star debacle at the start of COVID,” Daly said.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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